GSA: How GSA Schedules are Used to Award Service Contracts

GSA Schedules: "The Way" to Grow in the Federal Market

Over $30 billion dollars of federal contracts are awarded annually through small business friendly GSA schedules. GSA schedules are a favored mechanism for federal buyers to contract awards to avoid the delays and piles of paperwork required for a public competition.

Fedmarket is offering a complimentary 10 installment primer on GSA Schedules and why they are such crucial "seed contracts" for small businesses to win federal contracts. As the titles suggest, the 10 installments in the series tell readers why they should seek a GSA schedule.

  1. Federal Buyers Use GSA Schedules Extensively to Make Quick and Easy Buys
  2. Companies Do Not Need Federal Experience to Be Awarded a GSA Schedule Contract
  3. GSA Schedule Companies Can Bid Quickly with Limited Competition
  4. GSA Schedules Promote Awarding Contracts to Small Businesses
  5. How to Apply for a GSA Schedule
  6. How to Sell with a GSA Schedule
  7. Small Service Businesses Need a MAC to Grow
  8. How GSA Schedules are Used to Award Service Contracts
  9. How GSA Schedules are Used to Award Product Contracts
  10. A Prime Opportunity: Reselling Products Through GSA Schedules

8. How GSA Schedules are Used to Award Service Contracts

Over $20 billion a year is purchase through GSA schedule services contracts.

Services are generally sold through GSA schedule contracts by fixed hourly labor rate, e.g. management consultant, engineer, financial analyst, computer programmer. A single GSA schedule called the Professional Services Schedule (PSS) is available to service companies for most services.

The PSS GSA schedule is a special Government-wide services contract that is always open for a bid and it allows small businesses without large federal service contracts to participate in the lucrative federal services market.

Federal buyers prefer to contract through the PSS schedule because it is fast and efficient and the prices for services have already been negotiated by hourly rates.

The PSS schedule covers most types of services including:

  • Financial services
  • Management consulting services
  • Training services
  • Advertising and marketing services
  • Language services
  • Professional engineering services
  • Logistical services
  • Environmental services

Any small professional service business that is serious about the federal market needs a PSS schedule.

Call (888) 661-4094, Ext. 2, to arrange a complimentary telephone call with Richard White to discuss any aspect of GSA schedules.

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